IFSA University of Oxford, Worcester College Partnership

Oxford, England


Fall, Spring, Year
Language of Instruction


Language Prerequisite


Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: January 15
  • Spring: January 15
  • Year: January 15
Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:
12 - 24

About University of Oxford - Worcester College

It's said that reading is to the mind as exercise is to the body. Worcester College has taken that to heart; it's the only Oxford college to have its own sports grounds on site! You'll grow mentally and physically whilst at Worcester, which was founded in 1714, and is located in the center of Oxford.

University of Oxford - Worcester College Benefits

  • An outstanding faculty and supportive academic environment. Known for having one of Oxford's most active and popular drama societies that stages performances in the college gardens.
  • Music is another favorite pastime of Worcester students, and lunchtime recitals by the Worcester Music Society are popular throughout Oxford.
  • Worcester's location has been the setting for other colleges and halls since 1283, thus the grounds have an ancient look and rank among the most beautiful in Oxford.
  • Worcester is the only college in the University with its own playing fields on the college grounds
  • A September Seminar gives students an early start to the fall term and awards an additional 4 U.S. semester credit hours
  • Students receive individual guidance from their tutor and benefit from the tutor's expert knowledge
  • Unique tutorial instruction allows students to work independently and develop their own academic ideas

The IFSA Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at University of Oxford, Worcester College Partnership

Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database — if the University of Oxford Worcester College Program is pre-approved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.

Because of the individualized nature of the tutorial system, colleges at Oxford do not have an online course catalog. However, Worcester College has a helpful website with advice on choosing tutorials and a list of possible subjects.

Students take one primary (major) and one secondary (minor) tutorial every term. Students are not permitted to receive extra credit by taking two primary tutorials in one term. Butler University will award students 8 U.S. semester credit hours for each primary tutorial and 4 U.S. semester credit hours for each secondary tutorial. No credit will be awarded for additional work undertaken even if the Oxford College approves it.

Butler University will issue 12 U.S. semester credit hours for the Michaelmas (fall) term, 24 U.S. semester credit hours for the Hilary/Trinity (spring) two-term program and 36 U.S. semester credit hours for the academic year at Oxford.

Science and math students may be required to attend University lectures or to take one or more short tutorials. Regardless of the number of tutorials or lectures required, science students will earn the same number of credits (12 U.S. semester credit hours per term) as other students.

Fall and academic year students who participate in the early start option will earn an additional 4 U.S. semester credits.

Please review all your syllabi and course materials when you are registering for classes (both pre-arrival and on-site). Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee that is disclosed in the syllabus or first meeting of class. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.

Special Curriculum Options
Early Start
IFSA students studying at Worcester College for the fall term or academic year term can opt to arrive early (September 1) for a September Seminar in humanities. This month-long option helps students better understand the Oxford system in advance of the Michaelmas (fall) term, and it also awards an additional 4 U.S. semester credit hours for the fall. Participants live in Worcester housing during the September Seminar and throughout the remainder of the fall term.

Coursework in the seminar will be interdisciplinary within the humanities and include Oxford faculty from classics, English literature and modern languages. Students will attend a performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-on-Avon, as well as excursions to review primary source materials at various Oxford locations. Assessment will include a final research essay related to the topics taught in the seminar.

Students who take advantage of this option will earn a total of 16 U.S. semester credits for the fall.

Course Restrictions
Your tutorial topics should be limited to no more than two subjects, and those subjects should be related. For instance, the tutors reviewing your application will look more favorably at a tutorial request form that has choices limited to politics and history departments. They would not be as impressed with a tutorial request form that lists choices in chemistry, economics and art history.
The hallmark of the University of Oxford academics is the tutorial system. The tutorial is typically a one-hour meeting between one or two students and the tutor. Tutorials usually meet once a week or every other week, and at the center of the tutorial is an essay on a topic the tutor previously assigned. The tutor will lead a discussion about the essay topic in an effort to provide new insights. At the end of the tutorial, the tutor will assign a new topic and may offer recommended reading. Tutorials are individually arranged, taking into account the subject to be studied and the tutor's area of expertise. They are similar to independent study courses, but Oxford students bear even more responsibility for conducting independent research and maintaining good academic progress. The University of Oxford organizes weekly lectures on myriad academic subjects, and all students at the University, regardless of college, are welcome to attend. Lectures are not usually mandatory except for some science subjects, but tutors often recommend them as good supplements to tutorials and research. At Oxford you'll be expected to do much more work on your own and to think more independently than in most other teaching methods. Your tutor is there to guide your studies, rather than to feed you facts and information, and this provides the opportunity for intensive academic study under a unique and prestigious system.
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. credit system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost
Subjects offered at University of Oxford, Worcester College Partnership
Ancient/Medieval History Archaeology Classics Computer Science Cybersecurity Economics English English Literature Environmental Science/Studies European History European Studies Film/Cinema Studies Finance French Geography German Greek (Modern and Classical) History History/Philosophy of Science Industrial Relations International Studies/Affairs/Relations Latin Mathematics Peace/Conflict Studies Philosophy Physics Poetry Political Science Religious Studies Statistics Theology World History

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Residence Hall/Dormitory
Worcester housing is self-catering, which means it has basic cooking facilities for you to prepare your own meals. There are no meal plan options at Worcester, but students do have the option of eating in the dining hall on a pay-as-you-go basis.

The IFSA Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

Program Advisor

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Jennifer McKibben

Assistant Director of Student Services. Program Advisor for IFSAOnline, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, England, Mexico, Peru, and Scotland

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Resident Director

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Andrew Williams

Senior Resident Director, Cambridge, Oxford and Wales Programs

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Academic Affairs Director

Dates and Fees

Spring 2021

Program Dates

Program Start Date
Mid-January 2021
Program End Date
Late June 2021

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Coming Soon
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs

Academic Year 2020

Program Dates

Program Start Date
Early Start: September 4, 2020 Regular Start:October 2, 2020
Program End Date
June 19, 2021

Program Fees

Early Start: $43,725 Regular Start: $44,000
Early Start: $10,050 Regular Start: $7,750
Total Program Fee
Early Start: $53,775 Regular Start: $51,750
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Early Start: $4,490 Regular Start: $4,080
Books & Supplies
Personal Expenses
Earl Start: $3,560 Regular Start: $3,270
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
Early Start: $10,450 Regular Start: $9,750